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AHA Inc. Approved

Level 1 Hippotherapy Treatment Principles Course

October 22-25, 2015

@ Horses Help

2601 E. Rose Garden Ln.

Phoenix, AZ 85050

This course is recommended to become an AHCB Certified Therapist


Early Registration on or before September 22, 2015

$700- AHA, Inc. Member

$825- Non-member

After September 22, 2105

$750- AHA, Inc. Member

$875- Non-member

For registration and detailed information please contact:

Boulder Mountain Therapy


About Level 1 Hippotherapy Treatment Principles

This first day concentration on the horse includes principles of horse management, equine movement and the importance of conformation. This is primarily a hands-on, non-mounted activity for the hippotherapy treatment team. Participants will work with horses in teams of two to four, with a faculty/student ratio of 1:15, allowing an opportunity for supervised learning, practice and feedback in equine skills.


Emphasis on interpreting the body language of the horse, recognizing desirable conformation, soundness, movement qualities and gaits of the horse as well as signs of burnout. Included activities are grooming, tacking, leading, ground handling as well as kind and humane treatment of the horse.


Days two through four build on the first day’s equine skills. Participants will explore the dynamic system of therapist, patient, horse handler and horse as it applies in implementation of hippotherapy treatment strategies. Course objectives include: History and development of HPOT, understanding the horse’s movement and the interaction of horse/human, horse suitability, appropriate horse handling, equipment selection, safety principles, patient and horse selection, precautions and contraindications, patient evaluation, maximizing the effects of equine movement (including school figures and movement progression), the role of the HPOT team members, business aspects, and current research.

How does a Therapist use Equine Movement?

Therapists using equine movement include physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech language pathologists.  They combine equine movement and traditional therapy techniques (i.e. NDT, PNF, task-oriented motor learning, and sensory integration) in an integrated treatment plan to achieve functional outcomes.

When utilizing hippotherapy treatment strategies, the patient engages in interventions designed to challenge balance, increase stability, integrate sensory information and interact with the environment.  In this controlled therapy environment, the therapist directs the horse’s movement and carefully grades the sensory input. In a PT, OT or Speech treatment session which incorporates hippotherapy as one of the treatment strategies the patient benefits from a foundation which is established through the movement of the horse to improve neurological function and sensory processing. This foundation can be generalized to a wide range of daily activities.

Therapists in the United States have used the movement of the horse for treatment since the 1970's and it is currently utilized in 24 countries around the world.

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